Monday, July 30, 2012

Dairy Free Strawberry Sherbet Recipe

My Daughter is allergic  to milk... it is very sad... do you know how many thing have dairy in them.  Lots!   AND Ice Cream is one of them... so, I made some dairy free sherbet for her!  I adapted this Sherbet Recipe to make it dairy free.   It is so yummy that the whole family eats it up!   

Here is what you will need:
2 Cups Coconut Milk (we use Silk but any brand will work!) 
3-4 cups Strawberries
2 cups Sugar

Place all your ingredients in to your blender and puree.  
Then, pour into a freezer safe container and freeze over night. 
It is seriously that easy... and it is so yummy! 
The coconut milk gives it a tropical pina colata taste!  Just close your eyes and pretend you are at the beach! 

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 137

Hello and welcome to our Show Off Your Stuff party!   We are so excited to see what you have this week!

This week we are showing off:

  

And now it is YOUR turn!! 


Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!









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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How To Make Your Own Buns

I have been making my own bread for quite some time, and have recently started making my own hot dog/brat/hamburger buns as well. And let me say, they are DELICIOUS. I don't know how I ever ate store-bought buns!

I use this bread recipe.  After shaping into a loaf, I sliced it into 10 pieces (kind of how you would slice cinnamon rolls). The first time I made them I made 8 buns, and they were a bit too big, even for large brats. But if you like large buns {I am cracking up right now}, then by all means make them bigger!

After slicing, roll each piece into something like a bread stick:



 Cover and let rise until they're nice and big:

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes {ovens vary}, slice and eat!
 
You can make hamburger buns the same way, only instead of bread stick shapes, you obviously make little round balls. For these I make 8 since I like big buns {sorry, couldn't resist}.
  
Use this great Black Bean Hamburgers recipe for a healthy way to fill the buns! 
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Black Bean Hamburgers (with meat!)

Trying to eat healthy on a budget is HARD. I'm in the process of eliminating processed food from my family's diet, which can make it even harder in some ways.

Last week I wanted to make hamburgers for dinner, but only had one pound of ground beef. Since I'm cooking for 7, plus left overs for the hubs to take to work, we need at least 2 pounds of beef to make burgers. Rather than run to the store for another $4 pound of ground beef, I had an inspiration. Add black beans to stretch the burgers! {Can you tell I'm on a major black bean kick??}

I google searched "black bean hamburgers," and could only find vegetarian burgers made ONLY from beans. So I had to improvise.

I recently cooked dried beans for the first time. I've always used canned black beans, but in the spirit of eliminating processed foods, I decided that dried/cooked is better than canned. And cheaper. I didn't realize that the beans double in size when they're cooked, so the "per oz" price is a little misleading (in a good way). Also, I heard that bean cans have BPA in them, which health foodies say we're supposed to avoid. And I believe them.
 


Ok, on to the recipe.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
about 2 cups black beans (or 1 can)
1t cumin (if you're a real cumin lover, as I am, go ahead and add an extra teaspoon - it's yummy!)
dash of salt

{If you use canned beans, the mixture gets pretty goopy. You'll want to add about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs. The dried beans that I cooked were much drier than the canned, and I did not need to add bread crumbs. You can sort of decide for yourself, if the patties stick together well, you don't need crumbs. If they're really crumbly and sticky, then add some. Just throw 3 slices of bread into the blender and whipped them into crumbs. Easy peasy.}

Put beans into a bowl and mash with potato masher. Mine weren't terribly mushy, there were definitely still some whole beans, and that's fine. 
Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well.
Shape into patties, and cook on the grill, a skillet, or however you usually cook hamburgers.


This was a GREAT way to stretch a pound of beef. The burgers were tasty, everyone loved them. I added a couple sprigs of cilantro to mine, because I love cilantro. I was able to make 9 patties, when a pound of beef would normally only make 4 or 5 (some of mine are smallish because I have little ones). Instead of $8 or more (just for the meat), I spent less than $5 on these burgers. This is one way that helps me afford that 100% Grass Fed Organic Beef!!!

****Fawnda here, I just wanted to add that Jeannine told me about this and I also made some meatballs with blackbeans too. And they were so good!  I added black beans, mushroom and onions to a food processor until they were all chopped and combined then added that to my ground turkey (red meat and my tummy do not get along).  Mine were pretty mushy so I added the bread crumbs, but they were so good and both my kids and hubby chowed them down!  It is a great way to "sneak" in some beans and veggies into your meat!  : ) ***

Linking to: Frugally Simple

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Go Green Gardening with Whitney Farms

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 136

Hello and Welcome to our Show Off Your Stuff Party! 

This week we are showing off:




And now it is YOUR turn!! 


Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!







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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sweet Girl's Name Garland with Lifestyle Crafts


Lifestyle Crafts is showing off their new Fall Core Collection at CHA this week!  I have a Discount Code at the bottom of the post so, don't miss out on that!

  Here what I made using some of these new dies they have out now! 
A sweet name garland for my little girls room.
(You may recognize the shabby chic fabric strips behind it from my Favorite Things Party!) 
Remember that Lifestyle Craft Dies work in most Die Cutting machines!  
Here a quick look at the Fall Core Collection:


Here is what you will need:
Paper
Die Cutter 
Baker's Twine/Yarn/String

A quick run through of what you will need to do:
Run your dies through your machine.  
Use your Letter Press to add your letters
Attach the nesting dies using double stick tape or 3D foam stickers
String the Baker's Twine through the doily holes and your done! 

It is the perfect addition to my little girls room! 
Use code: fireflies to get 20% off your total order (including sale prices!)


***disclosure: I am an affiliate of Lifestyle Crafts.  I also did receive free products to make these crafts.  All opinions are 100% mine! ***

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Bathroom and Toilet Paper Bands (Tutorial)


We recently add a bathroom to our basement.  It is now the nicest bathroom that we have (and it is in the basement, where only a few people see it) We had a small space to work with but we got a sink, toilet and shower in it!  My Hubby did all the tile himself and also converted a dresser to a vanity.  I really love how it all turned out!

The toilet is behind the door.  Which I like so if someone were to "walk-in" on you they really wouldn't see anything.  (See those cute TP rolls on top of the toilet... Tutorial at the bottom of the post!),
Accross from the toilet is the shower.  My hubby did all the tile work here too!  
Now here is an easy and cute way to spruce up your extra TP.  I like to leave it on the back of the toilet so it is easy for guests to find if we run out.   But since it is sitting out I want it to be cute!  So, TP Bands were created! 

Here is what you will need: 
Felt
Elastic
Velcro
Hot glue gun and hot glue
Sewing machine (with thread, scissors, etc)

Cut your pieces: two 2'X5" pieces of felt, one 2"X10" piece of felt (for the flower), one 5" piece of elastic.  one 1" piece of velcro.
Sew the Velcro on the ends of your 2"X5" felt pieces. 
Sew your elastic to the other ends of the felt pieces to make a band with the elastic in the middle. 
Now we are going to make the flower:
Take your 2"X10" piece of felt and fold it in half horizontally and either sew or hot glue shut.
Make slits about every 1/4 inch all the way down the strip.
Roll and hot glue all the way down your strip.
Hot glue your flower to your band covering up the Velcro seam.

It works great on the roll if you have little ones that like to play in the bathroom and unroll your TP when your not looking (I have a little girl who likes to do the to me!)

Or they are just cute on your extra TP rolls too! 




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